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Dyson V8 vs. V10 Review

The House Method team compared the Dyson V8 and the Dyson V10 and rated them on a variety of factors including suction power, maneuverability, noise, mobility, and more. Read our full comparison review and see which one we prefer.

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With powerful suction, easy maneuverability, and sleek designs, Dyson sticks prove to be fierce competitors in the vacuum market. We reviewed the Dyson V8 and V10 Absolute vacuums to help you determine which stick is best for you and your cleaning needs.

Max suction power
Run time
Charge time
Dust bin capacity
Weight
Accessories

Dyson V8

Max suction power

115 air watts

Run time

40 minutes

Charge time

5 hours

Dust bin capacity

0.14 gallons

Weight

5.75 pounds

Accessories

Soft roller cleaning head, Direct Drive motorhead, mini motorhead, mini soft dusting brush, combination tool, crevice tool, docking station

Dyson V10

Max suction power

150 air watts

Run time

60 minutes

Charge time

3.5 hours

Dust bin capacity

0.2 gallons

Weight

5.9 pounds

Accessories

Torque Drive cleaner head, soft roller cleaning head, quick release mini motorized tool, mini soft dusting brush, combination tool, crevice tool, docking station

Dyson V8 vs. V10 design differences

The Dyson V8 and V10 are almost the same size and contain similar colors, features, and capabilities. Both vacuums have an on/off trigger switch, which generates suction for each vacuum and conserves battery life. Both can also transform into portable handheld vacuums and come with accessories that have “quick release” latches, allowing you to swap between modes as you please.

Though the vacuums look quite similar, the biggest difference in design is the cyclone system and dust bin. The V10 has a more streamlined look and larger dustbin, adding to the overall cleaning performance of the vacuum.

How do the Dyson V8 and V10 clean?

Two-in-one design—Both Dyson sticks feature a 2-in-1 design that allows them to transform from a stick vacuum to a handheld. This gives you the versatility to vacuum large rooms and spot clean small messes.

Accessories—The Dyson V8 Absolute and the Dyson V10 Absolute both come with a soft roller cleaning head for vacuuming on hardwoods and other bare floors. However, the Dyson V10 comes with a Torque Drive cleaner head that targets large debris on carpets and hard surfaces and the V8 comes with a Direct Drive cleaning head that is best used for vacuuming carpeted floors and fine debris.

Cyclone system—The Dyson V8 and V10 both rely on Dyson’s patented cyclone technology for powerful suction. They use a 15 cyclone system, arranged across two tiers, to deliver exceptional suction power and remove any type of mess.

How big are the Dyson V8 and Dyson V10?

The Dyson V8 and Dyson V10 are pretty similar in size, but the Dyson V10 is slightly larger than the V8.

Height
Length
Width
Dust bin capacity
Weight

Dyson V8 size

Height

9.8 inches

Length

49 inches

Width

8.8 inches

Dust bin capacity

0.14 gallons

Weight

5.75 pounds

Dyson V10 size

Height

9.5 inches

Length

49.2 inches

Width

10.1 inches

Dust bin capacity

0.2 gallons

Weight

5.9 pounds

Left Dyson V8 accessories

Right Dyson V10 accessories

Dyson V8 and v10 accessories

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of what accessories are included with the Dyson V8 and V10 Absolute.

Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson V10 Absolute
Direct Drive motorhead Torque Drive cleaner head
Soft roller cleaning head Soft roller cleaning head
Mini motorhead Quick release mini motorized tool
Mini soft dusting brush Mini soft dusting brush
Combination tool Combination tool
Crevice tool Crevice tool
Docking station Docking station

To see a side-by-side comparison of the accessories that come with all Dyson V8 stick vacuums, check out our full review of the Dyson V8.

  • Direct Drive cleaning head—This standard cleaning head can be used on all floor types but works best on carpets. It only comes with the Dyson V8.
  • Torque Drive cleaner head—This head serves the same purpose as the Direct Drive cleaning head and works best on carpets. It’s also safe to use on hard surfaces.
  • Soft roller cleaning head—Ideal for hardwoods, this cleaning head is great at picking up debris and protecting hard surfaces from scratches.
  • Mini motorhead—This mini motorized tool is a motorized brush bar that tackles pet hair and embedded dirt in carpets.
  • Mini soft dusting brush—This can be used to clean delicate surfaces, like drapes or blinds, around your home as you vacuum.
  • Combination tool—Built with a wide, flat-head apparatus and adjustable brush, this tool is ideal for cleaning sensitive areas like computer keyboards or bookcases and is great for switching between floor surfaces. It can also be used to clean upholstery.
  • Crevice tool—The crevice tool is a long, narrow extension wand that works best when cleaning under couch cushions or along baseboards. It’s also used for precise cleaning around edges and narrow gaps (think: under car seats or behind your bookcase).
  • Docking station—The dock allows you to hang your vacuum on the wall and charge it simultaneously.

If you purchase your Dyson vacuum from Dyson.com, you can add any additional three cleaning tools at no extra cost when you auto-register your vacuum. With the V8, choose from an extra mini soft dusting brush, a replace wand, an up-top adapter, a mattress tool, or a Dyson tool bag. With the V10, choose from the up-top adapter, the soft dusting brush, the mattress tool, or the Dyson tool bag.

Cleaning tests

When comparing the Dyson V8 to the V10, we put both vacuums through a series of 12 suction tests on high-pile carpet, low-pile carpet, and hard floors. For each floor type, we tested suction power using Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair.

Dyson V8 cleaning score: 9.58/10

Dyson V10 cleaning score: 9.58/10

Test 1—Suction test on hard floors

Dyson V8: The Dyson V8 did a great job of picking up all substances from hard floors with the exception of sucking up Cheerios. Instead of sucking up the Cheerios on a forward pass, this stick vacuum pushed the mess forward. It picked up the kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair in just one pass.

Dyson V10: On hard floors, the Dyson V10 performed the same as the Dyson V8. It had no problem sucking up the kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair, but it had a difficult time removing large objects like Cheerios. When vacuuming the Cheerios, the V10 actually spit them out behind the vacuum, making an even larger mess than what we had started with.

Dyson V8 cleaning score on hard floors: 9.25/10

Dyson V10 cleaning score on hard floors: 9.25/10

Test 2—Suction test on high-pile carpet

Dyson V8: In just one pass, the Dyson V8 removed the Cheerios and pet hair. The kitty litter and coffee grounds required a couple more passes before the high-pile carpet was completely clean.

Dyson V10: The Dyson V10 did the best on high-pile carpet. It picked up the Cheerios, coffee grounds, and pet hair in one pass and picked up the kitty litter in two passes.

Dyson V8 cleaning score on high-pile carpet: 9.5/10

Dyson V10 cleaning score on high-pile carpet: 10/10

Test 3—Suction test on low-pile carpet

Dyson V8: Similar to how it performed high-pile carpet, this stick performed just as well on low-pile carpet. It sucked up the Cheerios, kitty litter, coffee grounds, and pet hair in two passes or less.

Dyson V10: The only substance that required more than one pass on low-pile carpet was the coffee grounds, and even then, the mess was completely removed in three passes.

Dyson V8 cleaning score on low-pile carpet: 9.5/10

Dyson V10 cleaning score on low-pile carpet: 9.25/10

Interested in more vacuum cleaner reviews? See our full comparison of the Dyson V7 vs. V8.

How easy is it to use the Dyson V8 and V10?

Unboxing and setup

Assembly is painless with the Dyson V8 and V10—simply attach the cleaning head to one end of the stick and the handheld device to the other end. To swap out the cleaning head with an accessory, push on the red quick release latches found on the stick. Before using both vacuums, make sure you charge them completely. The V8 takes five hours to charge while the V10 reaches a complete charge in 3.5 hours.

Daily use

The Dyson V8 and V10 are both incredibly easy to use. The V8 moves without hesitation on all types of surfaces, but we had to give it a little more push and pull in order to entirely remove a mess on carpets. The Dyson V10 is extremely easy to move back and forth on all types of surfaces, but we noticed that there was more friction on carpets than hard floors.

Maneuverability

Both of these vacuums are similar in size and are easy to move around and under furniture. When we tested them around a couch corner and under a coffee table, they both received a perfect score. Their attachments also make it easy to clean hard-to-reach spaces like behind furniture and along baseboards.

Noise levels

The Dyson V8 is significantly quieter than the Dyson V10, measuring 72.4 decibels while the V10 measures 79 decibels.

Maintenance for the Dyson V8 and V10

Emptying the vacuum

Emptying the vacuum is one of the main differences between how these two sticks operate. To empty the Dyson V8, pull up on the latch located on the top part of the vacuum. As you pull on the latch, the top part of the cyclones slides up, releasing dirt and debris from the bottom of the dust canister.

With the Dyson V10, there’s a sliding latch on the side of the unit that allows you to “point and shoot” the debris into a trash can. We found it slightly more difficult to empty the contents of the V10 canister than the V8 canister, but we were still happy that we didn’t have to get our hands dirty during the emptying process.

Battery life

The Dyson V10 uses a seven-cell, nickel-cobalt-aluminum battery that can power the vacuum for up to 60 minutes. The Dyson V8 uses a lithium-ion battery that can power the vacuum for up to 40 minutes. If you’re using “MAX Power” for either vacuum, you can expect the run time to be significantly less.

The battery for both vacuums should last at least two years. If the battery stops working during this time frame, your Dyson warranty will cover it at no cost to you.

Filters

Both the Dyson V8 and V10 have washable lifetime filters. To maintain these filters, wash them once a month with cold water. Allow them to dry for 24 hours before inserting them back into the vacuum cleaner.

Dyson V8 value

The Dyson V8 is one of the best stick vacuums on the market. It kept up with the Dyson V10 on all of the cleaning tests and comes with almost all of the same accessories. Unless you need a vacuum that has a longer run time, the Dyson V8 will likely suit all of your needs.

Buy the Dyson V8

Dyson V10 value

The Dyson V10 is slightly more expensive than the V8 and performs similar to the older model, so you’re not really getting as good of a value as you are with the Dyson V8. However, we believe the V10 is still a quality vacuum. It offers 20% stronger suction than the V8, has a stronger motor, and provides 20 more minutes of battery life. If you want a Dyson stick that can power your large home, this might be of better value to you.

Buy the Dyson V10

Dyson V8 vs. V10 specifications

Type
Manufacturer
Model
Length
Width
Height
Dust bin capacity
Floor type
Cordless
Bagless
Returns
Warranty

Dyson V8

Type

Stick

Manufacturer

Dyson

Model

V8 Absolute

Length

49 inches

Width

9.8 inches

Height

8.8 inches

Dust bin capacity

5.75 pounds

Floor type

0.14 gallons

Cordless

All floors

Bagless

Yes

Returns

Yes

Warranty

30 days

Dyson V10

Type

Stick

Manufacturer

Dyson

Model

V10 Absolute

Length

49.2 inches

Width

9.5 inches

Height

10.1 inches

Dust bin capacity

5.9 pounds

Floor type

0.2 gallons

Cordless

All floors

Bagless

Yes

Returns

Yes

Warranty

30 days

Dyson V8 vs. V10 differences

The biggest differences between the Dyson V8 and V10 are:

  • The motor—The Dyson V10 runs off the V10 digital motor which provides 20% more suction power than the V8.
  • The run time—While the Dyson V10 provides 60 minutes of fade-free power, the Dyson V8 provides 40 minutes.
  • The dust cup emptying process—With the V8, there’s a latch at the top of the vacuum that can be pulled to allow dirt and debris to fall into a trash can. With the V10, there’s a sliding latch on the side of the unit that allows you to point and shoot the debris into a trash can.

Who should buy the Dyson V8?

We recommend the Dyson V8 Absolute if you’re looking for the following:

  • HEPA filtration—If you suffer from asthma or allergies, this vacuum might be a great option. It features whole-machine HEPA filtration that captures allergens and expels cleaner air back into your home.
  • An affordable, cordless vacuum—Because this is a slightly older model than the V10, it’s more affordable and offers 40 minutes of fade-free power in Powerful mode, perfect for whole-home cleaning.

Who should buy the Dyson V10?

We recommend the Dyson V10 Absolute if you’re looking for the following:

  • A longer run time—If you have a large house or vacuum frequently, consider purchasing a vacuum with an extended run time. The Dyson V10 features a 60-minute run time. Note: when using this vacuum with motorized tools or MAX power, the run time will be shorter.
  • Multiple accessories—With two different cleaning heads and specific tools for vacuuming your stairs and upholstery, the Dyson V10 will give your home a more in-depth clean.
  • Strong suction power—The redesign and alignment of the dust bin, motor, and cyclones results in a streamlined vacuum that offers 20% stronger suction than the V8.

Frequently asked questions

Which vacuum is quieter?

At 72.4 decibels, the Dyson V8 is slightly quieter than the Dyson V10, which measures 79 decibels (or as loud as an alarm clock).

What are the warranties for each vacuum?

Each vacuum has a two-year limited warranty.

How long does the battery last on each vacuum?

The V10 battery can last for 60 minutes while the V8 can last for 40 minutes. On “MAX Power” mode, the run time for both vacuums will be significantly less.

About the author

Kealia is a staff writer and social media coordinator for House Method. She writes for a variety of beats, including home inspiration (her favorite), real estate, and home wellness.


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